Jan. 25, 2014
BALTIMORE - Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams scored 16 of Loyola University Maryland's final 18 points on Saturday night, and the Greyhounds held off Colgate Unviersity for a 67-60 Patriot League win in Reitz Arena.
Cormier finished with a game-high 21 points, while Williams set a new career-best with 15. The duo combined to make 11-of-20 shots, 13-of-13 free throws, pass out seven assists and grab six steals.
An alley-oop dunk by Eric Laster off a Williams assist put Loyola (9-10 overall, 4-4 Patriot League) in front seven, 49-42, with 10:19 to play, but the Raiders (7-12, 1-7) reeled off six-straight points on inside baskets by Matt McMullen, Luke Roh and Clayton Graham.
Graham's layup from the right side cut Loyola's lead to just one, 49-48, with eight minutes left, and neither Colgate, nor Loyola, scored for more than two minutes.
Cormier broke the scoring silence with a layup at 5:54, but Nathan Harries responded with a drive down the left side of the lane to score for Colgate 15 ticks of the clock later.
Loyola pushed back to a three-point advantage quickly as Jarred Jones fed a cutting Cormier for another layup at 5:19. The Greyhounds then fended off three shot attempts on the Raiders' next possession, the final coming after Colgate was the benefactor of the possession arrow following an inadvertent whistle by a referee on a loose ball.
Franz Rassman came down with the rebound for Loyola after the final shot of that possession, one of his team-high six, and Loyola setup on the offensive end. With the shot-clock winding down, Cormier attempted to split a double-team at the top of the perimeter, but two Colgate defenders stayed with him. Cormier spun to the free-throw line and hit a fading jumper at 3:45 to give Loyola a 55-50 lead.
Another Rassman rebound off a Colgate layup spurred Loyola's next points, a Cormier layup at 3:16.
Austin Tillotson scored in the paint at the three-minute mark for Colgate, and after a Raiders' timeout, Cormier was fouled going to the basket. He hit two free throws at 2:31 to make it 10 straight Loyola points for the senior guard, and Loyola was back up seven, 59-52.
Ethan Jacobs, however, made a basket and was fouled. He hit the ensuing free throw, and Colgate was within four. Cormier, however, scored again for the Greyhounds, his 12th in a row, at 1:42, and Loyola led 61-55.
On the defensive end, Loyola looked to have McMullen trapped under the basket on the baseline, but he fount Harries at the top of the perimeter, and Harries buried a three to pull Colgate within a possession, 61-58.
Loyola ran down the clock offensively, and Williams drove from the top left of the perimeter. He drew contact and made the layup with 49.2 seconds left to put Loyola up five. Roh found Jacobs down low less nine seconds later, and Colgate was back within three, 63-60.
Denzel Brito, who had not yet played in the second half for Loyola, took the inbound pass and was fouled by Colgate near halfcourt. The junior calmly hit both ends of one-and-one at the free-throw line with 35.1 seconds on the clock, giving Loyola a five-point cushion.
Jacobs missed a layup for Colgate, and Williams hit two free throws to ice the game for the Greyhounds.
In addition to Cormier and Williams' combined 36 points, Jones tallied eight points, and Jordan Latham had six for Loyola.
Murphy Burnatowski finished with a team-high 13 for Colgate, and Jacobs scored 11. Harries came off the bench to score a career-high 10 points.
Loyola forced 15 Colgate turnovers with the help of eight steals - Williams had four and Cormier, two - and the Greyhounds committed just eight turnovers themselves.
Colgate led by as many as nine early in the first half, but Loyola came back to lead by seven, 31-24, at halftime. The Greyhounds built their lead to as many as 11 in the second half, the first on a Nick Gorski layup and the second on one by Jones at 13:09.
Loyola is back in action on Wednesday, January 29, from Worcester, Mass., where it will take on College of the Holy Cross at 7 p.m.